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VIDEO: Eric Lamaze & Rio Grande TROT a grand prix fence!

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  • VIDEO: Eric Lamaze & Rio Grande TROT a grand prix fence!

    Haven't made any vids in a while due to a computer crash having wiped out all of my video digitizing/editing software, so I was unable to create any new ones. But now I'm back, and plenty more to add, for those here who like 'em!

    How's this one for a start:
    RIO GRANDE, pride of the Great North!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31tuxWztj4s




    Here he's being shown as a 9yr-old, already at international derby competition level, despite his late start to the showjumping discipline. He handles the course amazingly well for a greenie, vaulting his way up to first place in the order of rank! And as the title details, watch him **TROT** a fence nearly 5ft in height! See it at 2:29 into the clip.

    This amazing stallion was indeed among Canada's great superhorses of the '90s. His style, scope, and smooth way of going were only surpassed by his striking good looks.

    Speaking of looks... um, check out Eric Lamaze at the start of this clip. H-O-T-T-I-E!!! lol

    Footage is from the 1995 Spruce Meadows Shell Cup Derby.
    Another amazing round over this grueling course can be seen by yet another of Canada's amazing superhorses, Easy Boy, at the following link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfm4ZnURRAQ
    A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.
    ~ImmortalSynn

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    WOW - thank you - what an incredible course with incredible horses

    I MUST get to Spruce Meadows one of these years !!
    "Her life was okay. Sometimes she wished she were sleeping with the right man instead of with her dog, but she never felt she was sleeping with the wrong dog."



    www.dontlookbackfarm.com

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    • #3
      Loved the videos, thanks for sharing!
      Von Hendrix aka Jimi

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      • #4
        hottie is right. In fact, I need two copies of the Dover catalog. One to preserve the photos of eric and another to actually look through for the products.

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        • #5
          I seem to remember seeing quite a few horses trot that rail jump coming off the bank like that. I think it's smaller then the rest for that reason.
          http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            Thanks for sharing! We are thilled to have some straws of Rio Grande in our tank and are eager to see what he produce when crossed with our Alla 'Czar mare in future.
            Ryu Equestrian & Facebook Page
            Breeding Horses Today, for the Equestrian Sport of Tomorrow.
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            • #7
              Thanks for sharing ....... thanks for the memories

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                #8
                Originally posted by 3Dogs View Post
                I MUST get to Spruce Meadows one of these years !!
                ...can I get an Amen?!

                Originally posted by SnicklefritzG View Post
                hottie is right. In fact, I need two copies of the Dover catalog. One to preserve the photos of eric and another to actually look through for the products.
                Speaking of, are there TWO editions this year? Because I got the Eric Lamaze one, but one of my barn-mates got one with Philippe LeJeune on it.

                She didn't know if she got a back-edition, or what?
                A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.
                ~ImmortalSynn

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                • #9
                  Holy crap he made that look easy coming off the bank. I've never really sen Rio Grande jump-what a powerful horse!
                  "Those who know the least often know it the loudest."

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for these. That's a nice Derby course. Silly me, I didn't realize we even had one like that on this side of the Atlantic!
                    "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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                      Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                      I seem to remember seeing quite a few horses trot that rail jump coming off the bank like that. I think it's smaller then the rest for that reason.
                      It's definitely not maximum height, but IINM it's still somewhere in the 1.30M-1.40M (4'3"-4'7") range... so still incredibly impressive.

                      Originally posted by War Admiral View Post
                      Silly me, I didn't realize we even had one like that on this side of the Atlantic!
                      ...and have for nearly 40yrs!
                      A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.
                      ~ImmortalSynn

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                      • #12
                        Back in the 80's my trainer was in a 4'6" jumper class, the last fence was a max height oxer at a 45 degree angle in the corner just past the gate. My trainer jumped the line before it, forgot about the last jump, came back to trot, dropped the reins to the buckle and patted his horse... we all yelled "Oxer" at him figuring he'd circle and take the refusal but finish the course. Realizing his mistake he turned to the jump without picking up the reins and trotted the oxer for a clean round. It was pretty cool.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                          I seem to remember seeing quite a few horses trot that rail jump coming off the bank like that. I think it's smaller then the rest for that reason.
                          I was about to post the same thing. I've seen lots of horses trot that jump (pretty effortlessly too) right after the bank.

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                          • #14
                            Look at that stride! ::WOW:: Nice horsey!

                            Video is great... thanks for posting it.

                            Watched the other one and WHAT A GAL! And great horse. Loved it. Thanks~
                            Live in the sunshine.
                            Swim in the sea.
                            Drink the wild air.

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                            • #15
                              I love that stallion, he's such a powerful guy! My trainer has a four year old by him and out of a TB mare...nice, easy youngster. I think they're thinking the hunter ring for him, but if he jumps like his daddy.....!

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                              • #16
                                *swoons* Eric sure is pretty!

                                Great video, thanks for posting and we're glad you're back posting videos!

                                That course looks like tons of fun. But maybe at 3' instead of 5' for me! LOL!

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                                • #17
                                  Rio is a favorite of mine. I have had five very nice foals by him and still have two - one is a big, quiet stallion.
                                  This video of the Shell Cup Derby from 1996 is awesome - Rio jumped two clear rounds and was a close second. His was the fifth clear ride in the Derby in 6 years.

                                  Rio Grande Shell Cup Derby 1996
                                  As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ~W. Hazlitt

                                  Gift Hill Farm

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                                    [quote=ImmortalSynn;5493361Speaking of, are there TWO editions this year? Because I got the Eric Lamaze one, but one of my barn-mates got one with Philippe LeJeune on it.

                                    She didn't know if she got a back-edition, or what?[/quote]

                                    Nope its current, I got the Philippe LeJeune one as well. They always mix up the covers, and use several different horse/rider combinations on the same catalogue, its hit or miss which one you get.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by HRF Second Chance View Post
                                      *swoons* Eric sure is pretty!
                                      I love a beautiful horse, but really - - - DITTO the above!!
                                      Live in the sunshine.
                                      Swim in the sea.
                                      Drink the wild air.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by doublesstable View Post
                                        Look at that stride! ::WOW:: Nice horsey!

                                        Video is great... thanks for posting it.

                                        Watched the other one and WHAT A GAL! And great horse. Loved it. Thanks~
                                        I was thinking the SAME thing. That stride is just breath taking!!!
                                        Always wanted to know how the jet set live, now I own one

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